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One-Pot Stuffed Pepper Dinner

Thick like chili and with plenty of stuffed pepper flavor, this dish will warm you up on chilly days. —Charlotte Smith, McDonald, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 medium green peppers, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked instant rice
  • Additional Parmesan cheese, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, cook and crumble beef with green peppers and garlic over medium-high heat until no longer pink and peppers are tender, 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Stir in tomatoes, water, tomato paste, cheese and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in rice; remove from heat. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional cheese.
Nutrition Facts
2 cups: 415 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 790mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 5g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • tomo805
    Jan 28, 2020

    I found this to be a bit too acidic for my taste, which is why I gave it only 3 stars. I will make this again at some point and make some adjustments though.

  • Beema
    Dec 23, 2019

    I have made this meal twice, once as written, the second time as stuffing in green bell peppers, omitting the peppers in the mixture. Both were excellent. So, whatever floats your boat will work well.

  • ritr5
    Mar 8, 2019

    Loved this recipe. The only change I made was to use 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes in place of Italian tomatoes to give it more spice.

  • alys1045
    Feb 2, 2019

    Used 96% lean ground beef, leftover rice, and Italian sauce. Cooked the peppers with onions and garlic. This was easy and very good. Tastes just like stuffed Bell Peppers.

  • Sclawson1975
    Mar 18, 2018

    This is a wonderful recipe. I will definitely make these again. I followed the recipe except used a variety of pepper colors. Sooo good.

  • rooneyd
    Mar 15, 2018

    This was one of the worst recipes I have ever tried! Sorry! But I ended up throwing the whole pot out. What a waste of food but I just couldn't eat it!

  • hangelikis
    Mar 12, 2018

    When people said quick they weren't kidding! I LOVED the flavor too. Did exactly as written and I will be making this often. Yes, it is a keeper for sure!

  • pajamaangel
    Aug 28, 2017

    Definitely a keeper! Very easy to put together and delicious!

  • rena 55
    Aug 23, 2017

    So delicious and quick to put together. With fresh peppers in the garden, this was a winner on our table! Will make again!

  • ConnieK
    Aug 18, 2012

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